Another problem with having podcast playback happen in a music player is sharing the same playback settings.
The Up Next section on the i OS Podcasts app is also where you’ll find chapters on supported shows like 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast.
Up Next is music-only on i Tunes, and chapters just aren’t supported.
i Tunes in its current form can be a mess as a music player, but at least that tries to be its primary function; being a good podcast player is hardly the focus of i Tunes.
Aside from removing part of the bloat from i Tunes, promoting podcast playback on the Mac to its own app would solve several existing problems.
But turn it off for Podcasts and it turns off for Music which traps you.
For me, the solution is to mostly live in the Unplayed section which is a separate tab bar option and doesn’t show the sidebar.
A popup window will open and will read something like: “i Tunes has stopped updating this podcast because you have not listened to any episodes recently.
Yesterday in my WWDC wish list I included a request for pulling Apple’s podcast player out of i Tunes and promoting it to a dedicated app on the Mac just like it is on i OS.
Before i Tunes, I used Instacast which offered a great experience but ran out of money for development.
I also like Apple’s apps because they’re on i Phone, i Pad, the Mac, Car Play, and both Apple TVs (just not Apple Watch).
Another oddity created by i Tunes the music player is that smart playlists like 90’s Music appear in the Podcasts section as podcast playlists but show music.